Our student blogger, Talia, has top tips for your universities interviewsMonday, November 24, 2014 12:00 AM
A part of many university applications is an interview, especially if you have applied for courses in Medicine. Although this may seem like a daunting task, there are many ways that you can prepare for an interview, so that when the day rolls around, you’ll be ready to take it all in your stride.
Practice makes perfect
A great way to prepare for an interview is to arrange a mock one, which will help you get a feel for which elements of an interview you are strong in, and those you need to work on. You can try asking your school for help when scheduling a mock interview - they may have contacts who will be able to interview you in your chosen topic. If not, why not ask a family friend or the parent of someone you know who works in the area you’re interested in applying for.
Read around your topic area
Whilst interviewers won’t expect you to know the answer to every question - after all you’re going to university to learn about these topics - they may expect you to have explored areas related to the subject that you’re interested in. So head to the library or search the web for interesting articles and research, and you may find that you can bring these into your interview - demonstrating to your interviewer that you’ve fulfilled the criteria of independent study.
Above all, don’t get stressed about the interview. Treat it as an opportunity to discuss a subject which you love with people who are as interested in it as you are. If you are calm and relaxed interviewers will be able to recognise this, and it is likely that you will come across in a more positive light.
If you’ve got an interview coming up, why not try these simple tips. Good luck, and enjoy an opportunity to demonstrate your passion!